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Lecture Overview

Antidepressant medicines are one of our most commonly prescribed medicines. In older adults, we must be aware of the possibility of profound side effects that are particularly potent to this vulnerable group. This session will highlight the issues surrounding the prescription of antidepressants.


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Louis Roller

Associate Professor Louis Roller has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for over 50 years. He was on the Pharmacy Board of Victoria for 22 years and has significantly contributed to many editions of various pharmaceutical compendia, including the Therapeutic Guidelines, particularly the Antibiotic Guidelines. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, particularly antibiotics, as well as giving many talks to the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. As at the end of April, he had delivered 42 talks to U3A Stonnington and an equivalent number to other U3A groups. With Dr Jenny Gowan, over the last 20 years, he has written articles on disease state management in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy. In 2012, he was made a life member of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association and, in 2014, he was awarded the life-long achievement award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.




12 Total Rating(s)

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Soumya bhaskara
16 Feb 2019


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Brydie Grossman
13 Feb 2019

very informative and easy to follow

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Nicholas Stewart Cleave
08 Feb 2019

An excellent an engaging presentation by a clearly knowledgeable presenter, superb

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suzanne roslyn mason
26 Jan 2019

very busy with a lot of drugs.

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Ruth Spencer
21 Jan 2019

Insightful presentation.

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Laura nunez
20 Jan 2019

Great presentation

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MS Vivienne Sigley
17 Jan 2019

lots of information but poor responses on the need for high levels of antidepressants used for the elderly , being sad occasionally and sometimes crying or not liking a aged care facility is not a reason for antidepressants, not many studies or follow up mentioned on individual aged care facilities and the high use of medications.

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16 Jan 2019

Interesting information about anti depressants, some was above my head as an enrolled nurse but I gained information about anti depressants that will benefit family members and also my working life.

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Elizabeth Jane Abbott
16 Jan 2019

This was very educational and have found it to enhance my knowledge but to also increase my understanding of use of anti depressants and the effect they have on patients.